Randy Rhoads – Ozzy Osbourne – 1981

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A detailed gear diagram of Randy Rhoads' 1981 Ozzy Osbourne stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"The MXR Distortion Plus is the only gadget I use a lot" - Randy Rhoads

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GuitarGeek Notes:

The exact details of Randy's custom pedal board were compiled from extensive research originally done by Wolf Marshall in his excellent book, An Annotated Guide to the Guitar Technique of Randy Rhoads. Thanks to Wolf for his additional insight and assistance.

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    Wolf Marshall

    Wolf Marshall is an internationally acclaimed guitarist and educator. Through his many products and publications, Wolf has gained an enormous worldwide following and status usually accorded only to “famed players” in “name bands,” and has been listened to on his recordings by more aspiring fretboard enthusiasts than most so-called guitar heroes. He is also a highly respected music author, contributing long-running articles and columns to Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician (Guitar), Guitar School, Guitar Edge and Jazz Improv since 1984. Wolf’s regular column “Fretprints” has run every month in Vintage Guitar for the past thirteen years. Moreover, music magazines in France, Germany and Holland as well as domestic newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have interviewed him as a celebrity educator and music expert. Wolf has worked closely with a number of manufacturers, and featured their instruments prominently on his recorded releases and in public performances. He has endorsed, and been endorsed by, prestigious companies such as Fender Musical Instruments, Heritage Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, Gibson USA, Martin Guitars, Paul Reed Smith, Thomastik-Infeld, Jim Dunlop, Acoustic Image, Raezer’s Edge, National Resophonic, and Dobro, as well as Takamine, Line 6, Kahler, Gitane, Akai, Gemini and Digitech. Wolf has been on the faculty of the UCLA Jazz Department since 2007. He currently teaches Jazz Improvisation and guitar master classes in the Ethnomusicology section of the university.


    1. methadrone says:

      Randy playing 11 gauge strings is just crazy for his quick playing. This guy could outplay Eddie IMHO that guy like his 8 gauge. Whenever I hear tribute album, hard not to think about the unique sound of an MXR dist + or different speakers other than celestions. His amazing slides and flashy playing for MR. Crowley makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It complemented Ozzys lyrics soo good along w/ the analog synth. Read somewhere he used the wah in cocked position at times for leads maybe.

    2. difter says:

      The strings he used were actually 10s on all his guitars except the black rr model. He only used 11s for drop tunning and he played down tunned song(s) on the black rr. Also if it’s important to anyone, he used the les paul on crazy train, I don’t know; polka dot on Mr crowley, suicide solution; white rr on beliver and black rr on flying high again. I don’t know the rest(yet)

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